FDA needs to build in more flexibility for rare disease trials

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Meet Wheeler, a toddler battling a rare condition called Juvenile Batten disease that’s gradually stealing his childhood. The clock’s ticking, but there’s a glimmer of hope: a drug called miglustat that could delay his disease’s progression. Problem is, it’s not FDA-approved for Wheeler’s condition, and a clinical trial is still a year away. As Wheeler’s life hangs in the balance, it’s time for the FDA to rethink its approach to rare diseases, remove obstacles, and help save lives by harnessing the same urgency and innovation seen in Operation Warp Speed. Time’s running out, but hope never does. Read full article here

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